Floyd Mayweather Jr (left), hits Manny Pacquiao during their welterweight title fight on Saturday in Las Vegas. (AP)
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LAS VEGAS – Floyd Mayweather Jr won a unanimous decision over Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night, using his usual skill to remain unbeaten in the most anticipated fight in recent years.
Mayweather (48-0) won comfortably on all three judges’' scorecards in his long-awaited showdown with Pacquiao (57-6-2). Despite boos from a pro-Pacquiao crowd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Mayweather counterpunched and jabbed his way to another win.
Two judges favoured Mayweather 116-112, while a third had it 118-110. The Associated Press scored it 115-113 for Mayweather.
Mayweather danced, ducked and peppered Pacquiao with enough punches to take the decision, while Pacquiao rushed forward and attempted to land combinations and big shots. Mayweather's jab and straight right hand mostly kept Pacquiao at bay, except in a few sensational exchanges along the ropes.
The crowd booed the final decision and booed Mayweather, who said he will fight in September and then retire.
The judges gave Mayweather a unanimous decision, with two of the three judges scoring the fight 116-112 and the third scoring it 118-110.